Germany: Halle attack defendant faces life sentence — court spokesperson

Magdeburg District Court spokesperson Wolfgang Ehm told journalists, on Monday, that the Halle attack defendant Stephan B. is facing a life sentence, should he be convicted. In addition, Ehm confirmed that the defendant admitted the accusations. «In the preliminary proceedings, the defendant has fully admitted the accusations made against him and he has essentially admitted the charges against him. Should he be convicted of the accused acts, he faces a life sentence,» said Ehm. In addition, Ehm said that the accused is charged with 13 offences, including murder in two cases and attempted murder in a total of nine cases. The Halle attack occurred on October 9, 2019. Two people were killed after a man opened fire near a synagogue where the Jewish community was observing the holiday of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. One woman was shot dead outside the synagogue, near a Jewish cemetery, and one man was killed in 'Kiez Doner.' Stephan B. has been arrested and confessed to the attack. The shooting appears to have been motivated by «extreme far-right and anti-Semitic» views, according to German reports. The suspect live-streamed the attack on Twitch, an online video streaming platform, before being arrested.

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